Work Within the Community's Timeframe

Working within the community’s timeframe and “meeting them where they are” are critical. Community-based conservation groups primarily act in a voluntary capacity, with many competing demands on their time. In addition, they often lack tools and information to advance their efforts. Partner organizations can accelerate this work by providing the tools and information to help community groups make decisions, and continually preparing them to take the next step. At the same time, it is important to recognize that to enhance ownership, the community groups must drive the process.

The ability to put others first, to put their needs ahead of ours in order to accomplish a larger goal, is essential.
— Kim Hum, Hawaiʻi

  Ensure You are Welcome

Ensure You are Welcome

  Be Clear on What You Bring - And What You Don't

Be Clear on What You Bring - And What You Don't

  Nurture   Relationships and Partnerships

Nurture Relationships and Partnerships

  Identify Committed Influential Community Leaders

Identify Committed Influential Community Leaders

  Establish a Shared Vision

Establish a Shared Vision

  Work Within the Communities Timeframe

Work Within the Communities Timeframe